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What are examples of nationalism in WWI?

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As others have noted, nationalism was a major cause of World I. Nationalism, a powerful force in the nineteenth century, was rooted in two dominant intellectual movements that were otherwise often at odds: the Enlightenment and Romanticism. The central Enlightenment urge to classify all things, including people, into groups, led to the rise of the concept of people grouped not by the boundaries of their nation state, but by shared language, culture, and ethnicity. Romanticism, with its focus on the common man and the exotic, shone a light on the customs of far-flung ethnic people and cast their struggles for freedom in an exalted, very positive light, fueling their movement.

By the beginning of the twentieth century, Balkan nationalism was a significant force. In order to take advantage of the weakness of the fading Ottoman Empire, Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria, and Montenegroall part of The Austro-Hungarian Empire formed the Balkan League in 1912 to fight the Ottomans. This led to a...

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In world war 1

One of the main reasons was caused because the countries has so much pride in them. It began with britain and Germany and Germany was beating britain in terms of his size of its naval forces. Britain wanted to have the strongest and largest naval forces so it continued to expand. This in a way provoked Germany and war began.